Bone and joint diseases: prevention and control

Peter M Brooks, Michael J Hooper and Richard A Smallwood
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb05905.x
Published online: 1 March 2004

The first decade of the 21st century has been designated by the United Nations and the World Health Organization as the Decade of Bone and Joint Disease. The Decade was initiated to focus attention on the growing burden of musculoskeletal diseases occurring worldwide as the population of the global village ages.1 Australia — along with some 60 other countries — has signed up to the Decade,2 and declarations of support have also been provided by the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

  • Peter M Brooks1
  • Michael J Hooper2
  • Richard A Smallwood3

  • 1 The University of Queensland, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, QLD.
  • 2 Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Concord Hospital, Concord, NSW.
  • 3 Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, ACT.


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